January 6, 2023
On New Year’s Day 2023, in keeping with the tradition that Gurumayi Chidvilasananda has established on the Siddha Yoga path, we received the Message that Gurumayi imparted to us for the year.
Every word of Gurumayi’s Message is deeply valuable. Many people have shared with me their experience that Gurumayi’s Message for 2023 encompasses all the Siddha Yoga teachings—that it distills the very essence of those teachings. When they first heard Gurumayi give this Message, they felt that it lit up the shrine of their hearts. And as they have continued to participate in Sweet Surprise and meditate on Gurumayi’s Message, they are discovering the depths of meaning that the words of the Message hold.
Tomorrow, Saturday, January 7, is another occasion of great import on the Siddha Yoga path. It marks the 51st anniversary of when Baba Muktananda established the recitation of Shri Guru Gita as part of the Ashram Daily Schedule in Gurudev Siddha Peeth. On this day in 1972, Siddha Yogis received a maha-blessing from their Guru—a scripture that imparts profound wisdom about the nature of the Guru and the Guru Principle, and that gives disciples direction for how to follow the path the Guru shows. Everything that one needs to know about the Guru-disciple relationship is contained in this sacred text.
You may remember that in the letter I wrote at the end of last year, acknowledging you for your generous response to my suggestion that you write poetry about Gurumayi’s Season's Greetings, I spoke about how you would be entering the new year as poets. And as many of you are aware, in the Sanskrit language, Shri Guru Gita means “song of the Guru.” This song is recited by the greatest of all divine poets—Lord Shiva—to his beloved goddess Parvati.
Although this letter is coming to you on short notice, I know that many of you will have already reserved this auspicious date to recite Shri Guru Gita. And often in years past, this recitation—the satsang honoring the anniversary of this sacred text—has been held over live video stream in the Siddha Yoga Universal Hall. I want you to know that this is what will be happening tomorrow as well.
The Shri Guru Gita recitation satsang will begin at 10:30 a.m. New York time on the Siddha Yoga path website. If you are unable to participate then—due to the time difference, or for any other reason—the satsang will be available on the website for a few days afterward, so that you may participate at your convenience.
Let’s connect in the Siddha Yoga Universal Hall.
I am so excited to be participating in the Shri Guru Gita
This sacred text is the light that sets me on the right path, time and time again. It paints the roadmap I can follow toward the greatness that lies within me. It encompasses infinite joy and connects me to our beloved Gurumayi and to the heritage and legacy of Baba Muktananda.
Shri Guru Gita
give me a most beautiful and harmonious way to live.
Florida, United States
A little over two years ago I was invited to recite Shri Guru Gita with a group of Siddha Yogis in the United States who recite this sacred text in Zoom sessions every single day. I have always loved reciting Shri Guru Gita but had not previously done so very regularly. Chanting with this beautiful group of people whom I had never met in person became my lifeline, especially throughout the pandemic. Due to the time difference, I cannot always join them during the week, so then I recite Shri Guru Gita when it is morning here in Germany.
This practice has brought unfathomable strength and joy into my life. If due to travel, I cannot do the recitation, I miss it—but somehow this precious text finds its way to join me. And now this golden prasad of reciting Shri Guru Gita via a live video stream on January 7 is truly another gem in our lives, which are already so blessed!
Today I have been cleaning, cooking, and buying beautiful flowers for my puja in order to welcome friends who are coming tomorrow to recite Shri Guru Gita with me. We meet every month to chant together and eat a delicious meal afterwards. We had already chosen January 7 as our recitation day this month.
Eesha’s invitation is so enticing, and we are all excited to receive even more prasad from our Guru.
London, United Kingdom
Today many people celebrate the holiday of Epiphany and I was thinking about what would be the most valuable things that the three holy kings could bring today. For me it would be Shri Guru Gita, the Siddha Yoga initiation mantra, and meditation.
These three treasures are the most precious to me because they are imbued with the grace and love of my Guru. They uplift, teach, purify, strengthen, and protect me.
I am so excited that I will be soon in the great company of the Siddhas, our Gurus, and the Siddha Yoga global sangham for this auspicious recitation of Shri Guru Gita in the Siddha Yoga Universal Hall.
I just finished a recitation of Shri Guru Gita and was enjoying the gifts of peace, the feeling of relaxation in my body, and a sense of well-being—just a few of the benefits that can arise from reciting this sacred text.
And now I’ve discovered this invitation to a satsang via live video stream on January 7—to recite Shri Guru Gita together! I’m adding sheer delight to the gifts I was already experiencing!
With prayerful hands I say, “Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!”
North Carolina, United States